Loved

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Release Date: Aug 31, 2018
Record label: Season of Mist
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Noise-Rock

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AllMusic - 80
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This seventh album from the Manitoba noise rock/metal titans sees them going deeper and darker than ever before, stepping back from the more "punk rock" sound and tempos of 2015's Steve Albini-recorded Success to really embrace their black and death metal influences for a sludgy, largely midtempo workout. That's not to say they've radically changed their style, though -- this is still decidedly a noise rock album through and through, with amazingly raw, garagey production by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Daughters) that's worthy of Kurt Ballou or Albini himself. "Doesn't Feel Pain Like He Should" sets the scene, opening with a squall of feedback before racing out of the blocks with sheet-metal riffs, blasting, off-kilter drums, and hoarsely shrieked vocals.

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